June 09, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Co-interim Fire Chiefs Named

City Manager Greg Burris has named Assistant Fire Chiefs David Hall and Randy Villines to serve as co-interim Fire Chiefs until a replacement is announced for retired Chief Barry Rowell.

A search committee is in the process of advertising nationally for the Fire Chief’s position. The application deadline is Friday, July 10. The job posting is on the City Web site at: http://www.springfieldmo.gov/business/jobs/city.jsp

David Hall has served as the Assistant Chief for Operations since 2007. He is a 20-year veteran of the Department and has served as firefighter, equipment operator, truck captain, fire captain and battalion chief.

Randy Villines has served as the Assistant Chief for Technical Services since 2007. He is a 16-year veteran of the Department and has served as firefighter, equipment operator, truck captain, station captain, fire marshal and battalion chief.

Burris made an exception to the ongoing General Fund hiring freeze to fill the Chief’s position by leaving open another administrative position created by the recent retirement of Assistant Chief Steve Hoerning.

“We want to conduct a broad search for this position to give us a strong pool of candidates,” Burris said. “I feel confident that Randy and David are very capable of handling the Chief’s duties in addition to their own during this search process. We basically have two people filling four roles in this interim period, so I know they also will have the support of the fire service and administrative staff to keep the department running effectively during this challenging period.”

Rowell retired Friday, June 5, after 25 years of service to the Department, including the last two as Fire Chief.

For more information, contact: Randy Villines, 864-1527; or David Hall, 864-1530.

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Springfield Fire Department

830 Boonville Ave., P.O. Box 8368, Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1500 • FAX: 417-864-1505 • springfieldmo.gov/fire